There is a huge difference between everyday sting operations—in which officers merely provide known criminals with the opportunity to commit a crime—and months-long infiltration efforts that groom normal outcasts into dangerous ones.
The same thing is happening in the foreign-policy arena.
A 19-year-old Somali-American tried to detonate a car bomb at a Portland-based Christmas ceremony in November of 2010. It’s evident that the teenager was interested in committing acts of terror. But the FBI provided him “with months of encouragement, support, and money.”
In January of 2011, a 26-year-old American named Rezwan Ferdaus allegedly told undercover officers that he wanted to fill “small drone airplanes” with explosives and guide them into the Capitol and the Pentagon via GPS. The man acquired F-86 Sabre remote-controlled aircraft using money the federal government had given him. The FBI also gave him fake C-4, AK-47 rifles, and hand grenades.
Similar stories keep unfolding, and each time we’re expected to greet government agencies as heroes. In psychology, people who create these desperate situations for the sole purpose of saving the day are afflicted with “hero syndrome.” Maybe all the government needs is an official diagnosis.
The individuals running the FBI are corrupt but intelligent. They’re drumming up new business to maintain relevancy. War is a huge money-making machine. No one profits from it as much as the government, and no one loses as much in life and in wealth as the average American citizen.
Nothing is a better salesman than fear, not even sex. Sex can sell cigarettes and fast cars, but it cannot sell a war.
And without war, what use would we have for government?
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